Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Romanov Birthday and Giveaway!


I don't know about you, but ever since the 1997 animated movie Anastasia was released, I've been intrigued with the history and lore surrounding the fate of Grand Duchess Anastasia Romanov of Russia.  This April the novel The Last Romanov was published, and while I haven't had a chance to read it yet, it has definitely piqued my interest.  The book's publisher, Sourcebooks Landmark has graciously offered my readers the opportunity to win a copy of Dora Levy Mossanen's alluring novel. This event is being held in conjunction with what would have been Anastasia's 111th birthday, or as us Lord of the Rings fans would say, the "eleventeenth" birthday of this mysterious figure on June 18th.  Here's some more information about The Last Romanov:


In a Time of Rasputin's Magic and Romanov Mystery,
A Young Girl Finds Herself at the Heart of the Royal Family

She was an orphan, ushered into the royal palace on the prayers of her majestry. Yet, decades later, her time spent in the embrace of the Romanovs haunts her still. Is she responsible for those murderous events that changed everything?

If only she can find the heir, maybe she can put together the broken pieces of her own past-maybe she can hold on to the love she found. Bursting to life with the rich and glorious marvels of Imperial Russia, The Last Romanov is a magical tale of second chances and royal blood.

"A master story teller at the height of her game...weaves history and magic into a riveting page-turner."—Robin Maxwell, bestselling author of Signora da Vinci and The Seceret Diary of Anne Boleyn

"This haunting tale of prophecy and redemption sweeps up into an opulent world of glamour, myth, tragedy and unforgettable humanity."—C.W. Gortner, author of The Confessions of Catherine de Medici

DORA LEVY MOSSANEN is the bestselling author of the widely acclaimed novels Harem and Courtesan, which have been translated into numerous languages, and is the recipient of the prestigious San Diego Editors' Choice Award. She blogs for the Huffington Post, reviews fiction for the Jewish Journal, and has been featured in various publications.






The Last Romanov Giveaway!

Sound good?  One of you can win a copy! Be sure to read the guidelines below, enter via the Rafflecopter widget, and good luck!

  • The contest period ends at 12:01am EST on July 23rd, 2012.
  • Contest is open to U.S. and Canadian entrants.
  • Make sure you leave your email address in the one required portion of the Rafflecopter form. Should you win, I will contact you on Sunday, July 8th.  Please take measures to ensure that my email will make it past your spam filters, lest you miss my message. (CalicoCritic@gmail.com) You'll have 72 hours to respond before I pick another winner.
  • All entries must go through the Rafflecopter form.  For example, if you leave a blog post comment and would like it to count toward your contest entry, be sure to indicate this through the "Leave a Blog Post Comment" button on the form.
  • The winner's mailing information will be sent to Sourcebooks for prize shipment. 
  • You may tweet about the giveaway once per day for bonus entries. Please report the direct URL to the tweet in the Rafflecopter form.
  • Entries will be verified.  If a fraudulent entry is detected for the winning name, another winner will be drawn.  

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Want another chance to win?
Here are some other giveaways of The Last Romanov!









26 comments:

  1. Awesome! This looks like a good read!

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  2. Like you, I was introduced to the tragic history of the House of Romanov through the animated film. Since then, I followed ever conspiracy theory and potential lead right up until DNA evidence seemed to verify that the Tsar and his family were all executed. I must admit, there's still apart of me that entertains the possibility that someone somehow survived. Naturally, this story appeals to my imagination. I hope I win!

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  3. I love historical mysteries... like did Anastasia survive? Did Mary Queen of Scots land somewhere and live her life without drama? Yeah, I know they generally prove the mysteries, but historical fiction that can come from the What if? fascinates me.

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  4. I love this time period in Russian history and the tales of end of the Romanovs and Anastasia. I look forward to reading this story.

    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

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  5. This is a time I would like to learn more about. I love mysteries!
    Thank you!

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  6. Thanks for a really interesting giveaway

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  7. This sounds really good! I don't know very much about the Romanovs so this really makes me want to read it. Thanks for the giveaway

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  8. I've always been fascinated by the Romanovs so this would be a great to read this.

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  9. What an intriguing read! Thanks for the chance to win it!

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  10. I love historical mysteries too! My fascination with the Romanovs began with the movie, Anastasia which I saw with my family in 1956. Ingrid Bergman, Yul Brynner, and Helen Hayes were the stars. That was when I was ten years old. Later, there was a special issue of Look Magazine that was completley about the history of the Romanovs, their jewels, their gowns, paintings of the family. All this while the peasants had so little or nothing. I want to learn so much more! I want to win too!

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  11. Thank you for posting this book. I have been looking at it and have now added it to my to be read list. Thank you for the chance to win.

    griperang at embarqmail dot com

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  12. Sounds like a great read. I have always been fascinated by the Romanovs and what happened to them.

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  13. I don't know much about the Romanovs so I'm excited for the chance to win this book.

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  14. Anastasia was my favorite movie when I was little, now I can't wait to get my hands on a copy of this book! Thanks for the giveaway!

    londonjudge@verizon.net

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  15. thank you for this giveaway!!

    i've always been fascinated by TheRomanovs & their story!!

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  16. A fascinating historical which is compelling. many thanks. rojosho(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  17. I've learned a little from my history teachers over the years about the plight of the Romanov family. I would love to read a book about them to learn more.

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  18. Love this type oh historical fiction. Can't wait to read this.

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  19. This sounds like an awesome book :)

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  20. Thanks so much for including my giveaway in your post!

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  21. I have such a fascinatinon with the Romanov dynasty. I always wish that somehow someway history was different. Thanks for the giveaway!

    Amanda
    libraryofmyown at gmail

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  22. Thanks for this amazing giveaway! This book sounds great and I would love to win it!

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  23. This book looks so good! Can't wait to read it. Thanks for the contest. Good luck everyone!

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  24. Russia is a fascinating subject as are the Romanovs.

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  25. My grandfather was so into the Romanov dynasty when he was alive. I would love to read this and think fondly of him.

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